Iraq places out main oil nicely hearth in Qayyara

A man is seen near thick smoke and fire at oil wells, which were set ablaze by Islamic State militants before they fled the oil-producing region of Qayyara, Iraq, January 28,2017.
The Iraqi Oil Ministry on Thursday mentioned firefighters have put out hearth at an oil nicely close to the city of Qayyara, which Iraqi forces free of the Daesh militants final yr.

“The technical groups of the (government-owned) North Oil Firm, civil protection and navy engineers have managed to extinguish nicely No. 70 in Qayyara oilfield in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh,” the ministry mentioned in a press release.

Efforts are persevering with to extinguish hearth on 5 extra oil wells, the assertion mentioned, quoting oil ministry spokesman Asim Jihad.

Up to now, the firefighting efforts managed to place out some hearth at 20 oil wells south of Mosul, Jihad mentioned.

Forward of the advance of the safety forces to liberate Mosul, Daesh militants set hearth to many oil wells and sabotaged the city’s oil installations earlier than fleeing Qayyara, some 50 km south of Mosul.

On Aug. 25, Iraqi safety forces freed the strategic Qayyara, to make use of it as a staging floor for a significant offensive to retake Mosul, the final main Daesh stronghold in Iraq, some 400 km north of Baghdad.

On Oct. 17, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared the beginning of the offensive to recapture Mosul, the nation’s second largest metropolis.

Late in December, the troops freed the japanese aspect of Mosul, regionally referred to as the left financial institution of Tigris River that bisects town.

Mosul, the capital metropolis of Nineveh province, has been below Daesh management since June 2014, when Iraqi authorities forces deserted their weapons and fled, enabling Daesh militants to take management of elements of Iraq’s northern and western areas.

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